Corcovado Foundation

Mission The Corcovado Foundation is a key player in the strengthening of the protected wild areas, the promotion of environmental education, sustainable tourism and community participation throughout the sustainable use of the natural resources in the South Pacific area of Costa Rica.
May 3, 2016

New Frontiers in Sea Turtle Conservation

As the 2016 sea turtle season rapidly approaches, our team has lots of exciting news for donors and volunteers alike. After ten years of sea turtle conservation in Drake Bay, we were able to achieve one of the most important goals of the program- handing over responsibility to the community.

Over the years, the Corcovado Foundation has focused on the employment and training of Drake Bay locals, looking forward to the day when they could run the program independently. This year, the community association ACOTPRO decided that it was time for them to take the reins and we couldn’t be more excited for them.

ACOTPRO now has 50 members trained in sea turtle conservation and 12 local families in the volunteer homestay network. They have developed their own website to recruit volunteers and they will be completely responsible for this in 2016 and beyond!

As for the Corcovado Foundation, after our first year patrolling in Rio Oro, we have plenty to keep us busy. The peaceful atmosphere of the accommodation at Hacienda Rio Oro was a huge hit with volunteers last year and in 2016 we are making it even better!

The upgrade includes a new rancho with plenty of space for hammocks, ping pong and one of the foundation’s favourite sports- volleyball! We will also be increasing the capacity of the camp to 30 with brand new “glamping” tents equipped with bunks, mosquito nets, balconies and shared ensuites.

We are also welcoming a new sea turtle conservation coordinator- Aida Garcìa Solà. Aida has worked both as a volunteer and assistant coordinator for the past 3 years and has a Masters in Oceanography and Marine Management. She has been a vital part of the team, with a rigorous approach to data collection and organization. In her new role, we know that she will make Rio Oro a huge success.

With all of the exciting changes to the sea turtle conservation program, 2015 was an expensive year for the foundation. Donors like you and grants from Pacsafe and The Rufford Foundation made it possible for us to have a record season with 196 volunteers and over 3000 nests. Unfortunately, we were not able to secure any grants for the 2016 program, making your support even more important.

We are hoping to raise at least $10,000 before the start of the sea turtle season in July and every single dollar donated will help. Whether the amount is large or small, your donation will go towards vital conservation equipment such as tags, gloves and data loggers. It will also help with essential running costs like transport and stipends for coordinators and research assistants.

As always, we will keep you updated with our progress throughout the year and we’ll be keeping an eye on our friends in Drake Bay too.

Thank you for your support!

one of the wonderful homestay families in ACOTPRO
one of the wonderful homestay families in ACOTPRO

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Apr 7, 2016

Women Day in Santa Juana

Girls at the Sta Juana School
Girls at the Sta Juana School

These are times in which many institutions and organizations are striving to transform the world in order to correct world problems as hunger, poverty and climate change.  The United Nations Development Program has established a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity and turns out “to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” is one of the main goals of the program.   And there is a good reason for that:  The money received by a woman is almost always immediately invested on direct family needs.   Women often lead their families by example with such matters as healthy diets, recycling and many other important issues. 

 

March 8 was International Women's Day and we celebrated it in Santa Juana, in order to create awareness about the importance of social, economic, cultural and political improvements for women, as well as their achievements and contributions. 

 At the village of Santa Juana we celebrate and encourage women because we believe in their power, their importance as mothers, as workers, and leaders. Every day in our rural community, where our Guided Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Tour and Lodge operate, we see the power and the commitment of women.  These women are local leaders, who participate in their community development by supporting the local development association, the school board and other local committees.   They are also income providers in their homes.  But they don’t only provide income; they also provide love, support, and care to their families.

 As part of the Santa Juana Community Support Fund, donations from several resources, including GlobalGiving, Pack for a Purpose, Travel Cents, and cash donations made by guests at the project, has invested also in women’s development by providing funding for materials, equipment and training for new economic activities.   For example, thanks to contributions from people like you, we are soon opening a computer lab, where women and the rest of the community can learn a new skill that will open new doors for their future.  

Mar 10, 2016

We celebrate women every day!

Grupo de Mujeres de la Esperanza
Grupo de Mujeres de la Esperanza

March 8 is the International Women's Day.  It is a global day creating awareness about the importance of social, economic, cultural and political improvements for women, as well as their achievements and contributions.  The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and in the midst of all these changes women starting to claim for equal rights. 

At the Corcovado Foundation we celebrate and encourage women because we believe in their power, their importance as mothers, as workers, and leaders. Every day in rural communities, where our organization works, we see the power and the commitment of women:   The money received by a woman is almost always immediately invested on direct family needs.   Women often lead their families by example with such matters as healthy diets, recycling and many other important issues.

As part of the Osa Community Support Fund, the foundation has invested in women’s development by providing funding for materials, equipment and training for new economic activities. Last year, we provided support to La Esperanza Women Group in Rancho Quemado. This group of women works with fique art crafts such as bags, mats and other products.  Fique has been used for many centuries to make all kinds of things such as ropes and sandals.  These women are not only rediscovering an ancient craft and culture, but also they are bringing extra income to their families. This is only one of the many groups our organization has supported through the Osa Community Fund.

Hundreds of people in Osa Peninsula has benefitted from the Osa Community Fund.  This fund is fed with donations from people like you, sitting at home and wondering how to make the world a better place, without having to embark in a mission trip or a volunteer program. Your donations will be match by the Interamerican Foundation one to one, and our organization will not charge a single coin for selecting, supporting and overseeing worthy projects that will change the life of many people in the Osa Peninsula.

In the past our organization allocated more than $22,000 USD in donations to a dozen of small projects in communities such as Rancho Quemado, El Progreso, Agujitas and La Tarde, in the Osa Peninsula.  But there are many more needs to be covered and very limited funding. There are schools that need roofs, rivers without bridges that challenge brave children on their way to school, water systems to be built, and more.

The Corcovado Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable use of natural resources as a way to alleviate the pressure that exists on the priceless natural resources of the Osa Peninsula.  The Corcovado Foundation is responsible for the administration of the funds and the monitoring of the projects without adding any additional cost.  Therefore, every dollar collected goes directly to support community projects.  

women doing their craft
women doing their craft
Cabuya plant/Fique
Cabuya plant/Fique
 

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